Nigel Grier has sold himself as a businessman with a plan: a financial and environmentally-friendly return on your investment. But those who invested in his eco-projects in Myanmar and Indonesia say they received neither.
Cambodia banned commercial surrogacy in 2016, but the future of the practice and people involved is unclear. Since then, about 100 surrogate mothers have been ordered by courts to raise the children they carried for others—a costly but happy result for one.
Thailand has seen massive pro-democracy demonstrations this year calling for constitutional reform. Thai news site, Prachatai, unpacks what is behind the protests, what is happening now and what the future may hold for Thailand.
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Catching snakes for their skin used to be a lucrative business in North Java. Now, with imports of snakes increasingly banned abroad and the use of buffalo hide as a substitute, snake catchers in Indonesia may soon have to find other sources of income.
In the 1960s, Bandung experienced a textile boom that brought prosperity and jobs to the area. In the present day, locals complain of endemic pollution and health problems linked to unscrupulous factories dumping their waste in the city’s waterways.
Along West Java’s longest river, the Citarum, chemical pollution, siltation and agriculture waste have made the waterway one of the world’s dirtiest. Those working on its banks say efforts are being made to clean it up. But will they turn the tide?
Some migrants in Singapore are employed in industries that exploit both the environment and workers themselves, contributing to the climate crisis that sent many fleeing hostile weather conditions at home, as well as a labour crisis that relies on precarious work.
Former police captain Moe Yan Naing has been showered with awards for exposing a police plot to entrap two journalists who uncovered a military massacre of Rohingya. The awards have shielded him from questions about his own potential involvement in the killings.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, most schools in Cambodia were closed in March, risking long-term setbacks to students’ education. But some entrepreneurial youth took action by organising informal classes and community libraries.
While many of Brunei’s social media influencers may have felt compelled to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, some Bruneians have accused them of hypocrisy for not having spoken out against deep-rooted racism in the country.
In North Sumatra, Indonesia, Batak culture has strong, distinct rituals around death known as adat. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, these customs have had to be adapted. Is Batak adat in the midst of a cultural sea change?
As the nation celebrates its 100th year of filmmaking, documentary filmmakers say their genre is gaining ground while documentarians still face old challenges, from government censorship to limited funding.
Tukang cuci hospital di Malaysia menghadapi berpuluhan tahun bergaji rendah, persekitaran kerja yang mencabar dan sikap tidak peduli daripada majikan mereka. Kini di barisan hadapan dalam perjuangan melawan COVID-19, mereka turun ke jalan untuk menuntut keadilan.